The most gorgeous and terrifying photos of the natural world captured in 2017

December 7, 2017
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2017 was a year of destruction. Wildfires raged, volcanoes erupted and pollution swarmed entire cities in a fog of smoggy air.

But the beauty of the natural world didn’t escape unnoticed. Here are some of the most gorgeous photos of what happened to the Earth this year, as captured by Reuters photographers.

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It was a record-setting year for climbers.

In the photo above, a solo climber journeys up a wall of ice in a northern pocket of …read more

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